Newcastle declined a golden opportunity to try and continue their improved displays over the past few months. A win and we would have been in ninth place, but instead, we remain in the 14th position and just 5 points above Norwich City in 18th.
The most disappointing aspect of yesterday’s performance was the lads lacked any inspiration to get what could have been an invigorating win. However, we were left with the sobering reality that it’s going to be another frustrating season on Tyneside.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton says that Bruce will be disappointed with the lack of enthusiasm from the Magpies as they faced one of his former clubs.
This is what the former-Scottish international had to say:
“I know Steve Bruce well and I’m sure for the whole week he was getting them revved up for this game, this was massive for him.
“Things didn’t go quite planned at Villa towards the end and he’ll have been wanting to go to Villa Park and show people what they were missing.
“They just kind of flopped, to be honest, they didn’t come out the traps at all. Things like set pieces, these are things that he does daily, drills it into his players, do not concede from free-kicks, from set pieces and they’ve been hurt.
“It’s something he works on and he’ll be disappointed with.”
The set play defending was atrocious and ultimately led to Newcastle’s undoing. While we offered no threat going forward, the defense was very hard to break down in the first 30 minutes.
Hutton gets to the point that Newcastle just weren’t up for the match from the start, and that was such a letdown after the way they played in the last two matches.
Steve Bruce– revving up his players
Steve Bruce mentioned as much after the match. He was obviously disappointed with the performance and spoke about how we were too passive from the start.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Bruce echoed Hutton’s sentiments:
“We were too passive in the first half, we had opportunities on the counter but should have held onto the ball and should have created a bit more.
“We surrendered it too quickly in the first half. We had one or two opportunities but were not quite there.
“There was nothing in it until half an hour, with the standards we have set it in the last couple of weeks, we were not there. We have been done by two set-pieces.
“We are up against one of the best team in the world (Manchester City) next and we have to do better than tonight if we want to get anything out of the game, We have to roll our sleeves up and get ready for it.”
We went down early against Bournemouth after a poor first 20 minutes. There was none of the fight from two weeks ago displayed against Villa last night. That is what is the biggest disappointment in our eyes.
This was a chance to get into the top ten with a string of 8 games looming in the next 5 weeks. A win, or even a hard-fought draw, could have inspired the fanbase to believe in this team.
However, the reality is that we are likely to travel to Sheffield United next Thursday on the back of two defeats and perilously close to the bottom three.
It just wasn’t good enough, and it is no time to revert to the displays we saw at the start of this season.
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